Thomas R. Prendergast is a Ph.D. Student in History at Duke University, specializing in the intellectual and cultural history of East Central Europe. He holds a B.A. in History and Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 2014 with special departmental honors. Drawing on German, Polish, Yiddish, French, Italian, and Spanish-language sources, his work explores the political, philosophical, and artistic spheres in which Europe's periphery -- East-Central as well as Southern Europe -- sought around the turn of the 20th century to challenge notions of "modernization" and developmental "abnormality." Currently, he is researching the emergence and institutionalization of sociology on the eastern margins of the Austrian Monarchy.
He is a Nathan J. Perilman Fellow in Judaic Studies and a J.B. Duke Fellow. His primary advisor is Malachi Hacohen.
Prendergast, T. "The Social Democrats of Scholarship: Austrian Imperial Peripheries and the Making of a Progressive Science of Nationality, 1885–1903." Religions 6, no. 4 (December 2015): 1232-1248. Full Text Open Access Copy
Paper Presentation: “Die Sozialdemokraten in der Wissenschaft: Austrian Folklorists and the Quest for a Science of Nationality". Empire, Socialism, and Jews III: 1848, 1867, 1889 – Revolution, Emancipation and Mass Politics. Internationales Forschun...